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Vic Marks is a former Somerset and English cricketer.
Born Victor James Marks on June 25, 1955 in Middle Chinnock, Somerset, England, he attended Blundells School and Oxford University, where he played between 1975 and 1978, and captained in 1976 and 1977.
He played alongside Imran Khan and Chris Tavare, and opposite Peter Roebuck of Cambridge University, his captain when he played for Somerset.
Marks began his professional career in cricket when he made his first class debut in the 1975 English domestic season. Five years later, he made his One Day International ODI debut against the West Indies. In 1982, he made his Test debut against Pakistan. Vic Marks has played in six Tests and thirty four ODI. He has taken forty four wickets at a bowling average of 25.79. In 1984, he made a bowling return best at ODI with his five for 20 for England against New Zealand which remains the best one day innings analysis by an England slow bowler.
He is the only England slow bowler ever to have taken two ODI five wicket hauls while claiming five for 39 against Sri Lanka in 1983. He was the first English bowler to earn that achievement, later followed by seamers Darren Gough, Mark Ealham and Andrew Flintoff. Marks made a distinguished first class career for Somerset between 1975 and 1989. He also played during the 1986 87 season for Western Australia Sheffield Shield winning team.
With 342 first class matches, he has taken 859 wickets at 33.28 while scoring 12,419 runs at a batting average of 30.29. He was a popular and well liked cricketer during his career. When Vic Marks retired from cricket, he went into journalism and broadcasting. He is now a regular summarizer on Test Match Special, and also regularly writes about cricket and occasionally, rugby union for The Observer newspaper. Currently, he is the Chairman of Cricket at Somerset.